The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus           Luke 5:1 – 11

  • The Cost of INCONVIENENCE
    • The men were just going about their normal work day
      • They were not anticipating anything different on this day than any other
      • Except maybe a little better catch
    • Then Jesus shows up and starts messing with their plans
      • Who is this guy?
      • Why should I shove my boat back into the water
      • I want to go home
        • Not back out into the water
      • And now He is just gonna talk?
        • And I am trapped here?
        • I WANNA GO HOME!
      • The cost of doing the IMPRACTICABLE if not IMPOSSIBLE
        • Now, He wants me to go out further
        • AND drop the nets I just got through cleaning back into the water
          • What, to catch more sea weed?
          • Like there is going to be more fish now?
        • The cost of BROKENESS
          • He is right
          • Look at what HE said
            • His words had such power and authority
            • He speaks so simply and honestly
            • He speaks to me
          • Look at what HE has done
            • Look at the FISH
            • Where did they come from
          • “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
          • I am not worthy
        • The Cost of INDEPENDENCE
          • These were rough and tough hard working fishermen;
            • not given to foolishness or change
          • They were strong independent men
          • But now they were being challenged to leave ALL THEY HAD COME TOKNOW AND DEPEND
          • To follow some guy they just me?
        • The cost of EVERYTHING
          • They left their business
          • They left their equipment
          • They left their fishing buddies, friends and family
          • They left EVERYTHING
          • And FOLLOWED HIM
        • The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus
          • Yes, as the world views life it can cost you much to follow Jesus
          • In a temporary view these men paid a very high price
        • It is possible to gain every fleshly/human desire and be rich with Gold, property, vehicles and lollipops
          • But there is a terrible price associated with only striving for personal gain
        • Mark 8:34-38 “And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  For what can a man give in return for his life?  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  ESV
        • The INCREDIBLY HIGH COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS is:
          • Eternal FAITH
          • Eternal HOPE
          • Eternal LOVE
          • Eternal LIFE
        • The SUPER HIGH COST OF NOT FOLLOWING JESUS is:
          • Eternal DEATH
          • The reality that the Lord God Almighty, who created you and loves you, IS ASHAMED OF YOU

There is a price to pay for following Jesus that MUST be counted!

BUT, there is a MUCH higher cost of NOT FOLLOWING Jesus Christ

They were rewarded with a great catch / great salvation / great mission

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